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Controversial no call on potential United goal

Did the ball go over the line? A question still being asked in women's football

January 25, 2020 By Juan Aguerrevere
The discussion of whether to or not to use technology in the women’s game just grew stronger following Manchester United’s exit from the FA Women’s Cup involving controversy that we no longer see in men’s English football.

Just a week ago, Watford's Ignacio Pussetto denied his Argentinian compatriot, Erik Lamela, of a goal by the thinnest margin. A margin that cannot be detected by the human eye, to say the least. Watford salvaged a much-needed point from that match against Tottenham thanks to goal-line technology as they are middle of a great escape from the relegation zone.

Today, in the FA Women's Cup, Manchester United was knocked out by Manchester City after a series of controversial events. One of these instances revolves around a no-call decision to a shot where the ball looked like it could have potentially crossed the goal line before goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck swept it away. Casey Stoney's Red Devils are now left with one trophy to pursue, the League Cup, after their early exit from the FA Women's Cup and an experimental FA Women's Super League campaign that sees them in fourth place and far from the title.

The lack of technology in women's football ultimately caused this - now archaic - moment of confusion and inaccuracy to happen. 

English international Lucy Bronze charmed into the discussion asking the obvious question.

Funny enough, Stoney is a manager who opposes the idea of VAR being introduced to English women's football and that it is too expensive. She does have a point about the expenses. 

There is still an enormous gap in prize money between men's and women's football leagues and cups. Former England international Alex Scott agrees with Stoney's views on VAR and where the money needs to go instead.

"The WSL must walk before it can run, and we are 100 percent not ready for VAR," Scott said. "I believe it should be used in major women's tournaments because games are played in big stadiums which have facilities to accommodate."

Women's football is becoming more appealing to the eye amongst supporters and viewers, but it still has a long way to go. Taking it a step at a time and getting things right will payout in the end.


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